"Infodump," "Mary Sue" And Other Words That Authors Are Sick Of Hearing

Science fiction and fantasy readers are in a constant dialogue with their favorite stories. At conventions, workshops, and online, people geek out about their favorite books. But sometimes, authors get a little tired of the same old memes. Ten authors told io9 about the writing terms they'd like to see retired. » 11/25/14 1:00pm Tuesday 1:00pm

The Queer Comics Anthology We've Been Waiting For!

LGBT characters have made great strides in comics lately — we even had a same-sex wedding in the X-Men — but it's about time there were more stories focusing on queer protagoninsts. Enter Beyond, a brand new anthology of comics about LBGT heroes who save the day. With an amazing set of contributors... possibly… » 10/08/13 11:19am 10/08/13 11:19am

Sequence an award-winning science fiction writer's genome, while Neil…

Author Jay Lake, the winner the Campbell Award and numerous other honors, is undergoing his fourth round of chemotherapy right now — and you can help him fight his cancer. Some of your favorite science fiction and fantasy authors have donated "acts of whimsy," to raise money to sequence Jay Lake's genome and possibly… » 1/10/13 12:24pm 1/10/13 12:24pm

10 Book Series So Addictive, You Never Want Them to End

Welcome to the deep of winter, the time when the nights are longest and you basically never want to get out of your warm bed. This is the perfect time to get sucked into a long, complicated relationship with a book series. But what book series are worth getting hooked on? We did some digging and soul searching, to… » 1/02/13 10:20am 1/02/13 10:20am

Female Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors Still Encouraged to Use Male…

You might think that male or gender-ambiguous pseudonyms for authors of science fiction and fantasy was a thing of the past — a relic of the era when authors like James Tiptree, Jr. hid their gender from sexist readers. But not really. The Wall Street Journal has a depressing article explaining how widespread the… » 12/10/12 11:45am 12/10/12 11:45am

Seanan McGuire Branching Out into Medical Thrillers About Parasites…

She's tackled urban fantasy with the October Daye novels and zombies with the Newsflesh books, and cryptozoologists with the Incryptid books. And now Seanan McGuire, aka Mira Grant, is moving into the medical thriller genre. The good news is, it sounds like she's got a really fresh spin on the "medical science gone… » 4/05/12 4:30pm 4/05/12 4:30pm